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Plebgate has damaged Metropolitan Police, says chief

The head of Scotland Yard admitted his force has been damaged by the Plebgate controversy but defended his own handling of the affair.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe said there was "no doubt some damage had been done".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: PA

He also insisted crime statistics were "generally sound" despite investigations into serious allegations that officers are manipulating them to improve performance records.

One officer is being prosecuted and eight face disciplinary action in the wake of the row over claims - which he disputes - that the then cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell called officers "plebs".

Sir Bernard said soon after the incident that his officers "accurately reported what had happened".

London Assembly to question Police Commissioner

Metropolitan Police Commissioner: Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will question the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe on the work of the Metropolitan police later today.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh will also appear.

Crime statistics and student protests are just two of the subjects to be discussed at the meeting.


Olympic legacy plans threatened by 'funding gap'

Regeneration activities planned for the Olympic Park site will only be able to go ahead if millions of pounds of additional funding is set aside, according to a report published today.

The report from the London Assembly's Regeneration Committee warns that community events could be cut if extra funding is not secured.

It argues that the Mayor should set aside at least £12m more funding for the London Legacy Development Corporation between 2015 and 2017 to ensure the planned activities go ahead.

Report out today on London's 'lawless roads'

A report published today from London Assembly Green Party member Jenny Jones outlines key reforms that could make London's roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

The proposals call for authorities to assume injured pedestrians or cyclists deserve compensation unless it can be proved otherwise.

It also calls for the laws to be adjusted to encourage greater use of driving bans for longer durations.

London Assembly examines City Hall budget

The Committee will look at whether the budget allows Boris Johnson to meet his Mayoral targets. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The London Assembly will examine the City Hall budget today.

The Committee will focus on how decisions are made on possible future investment and which ones are likely to make the cut in the final 2014/15 budget.

Committee Members will also focus on how the spending plans will affect key Mayoral targets to boost growth and create 200,000 new jobs.


Could more be done to help London's homeless?

A homeless person pictured near Westminster Cathedral Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The Assembly's Housing Committee will meet later to discuss whether more could be done to help those sleeping rough on London's streets.

The Committee will ask housing experts whether existing schemes are doing enough for those who regularly return to sleep rough, despite initially receiving help.

There are concerns that the No Second Night Out scheme, which aims to ensure no one arriving on the streets will spend a second night there, and the 205 project, which targets London's most entrenched rough sleepers, could be missing opportunities to help those who fit neither category.

Transport for London summoned to City Hall

Transport for London and union representatives will appear at City Hall today to explain how they'll find 12 billion pounds of savings before 2018.

The Transport Committee also aims to find out whether rumours of ticket office closures and staff cuts are true.

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It will also discuss how Transport for London will handle a major cut to its government grant.

Following the Government's Spending Review, there are plans to reduce TfL's budget by a quarter - £207 million - by 2016.

Olympic Park developers to be quizzed

The London Legacy Development Corporation will be questioned on its legacy objectives. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The London Legacy Development Corporation, the organisation responsible for developing the Olympic Park following the London 2012 Games, is to be questioned on its plans.

The London Assembly's Regeneration Committee will quiz guests from the LLDC on how Olympic and Paralympic legacy objectives can be met.

Questions are expected to centre around the benefits being brought to east London as well as housing and employment opportunities.

Calls for more low-income housing in London boroughs

The report from the London Assembly calls for councils to be allowed to build more housing. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A new report from the London Assembly is calling for measures, including lifting caps on council borrowing, to allow London councils the opportunity to build housing suitable for low-income families.

In the last decade councils have built less than 0.5% of new homes in England.

The report sets out strong recommendations to support London boroughs who want to increase their stock of council housing.

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